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I'm not a fantasy fiction buff by any stretch, but in 2004 it was hard to ignore the mammoth accomplishment of Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell." A wildly original and inventive epic, running nearly 800 pages, the work was one of the few to crossover to the mainstream, becoming a critical darling and a best-seller. Its dazzling weaving together of history, magic, romance and more (combined with David Foster Wallace style footnotes) made it one of the most unique reading experiences in a long time. It would no doubt be a difficult text to adapt, but BBC is going to give it a try. Peter Harness ("Wallander") will be penning a six-part series based on the book, and that may be the best way to tackle the story. We'll do our best to summarize: in the early 1800s, magic is thought to have died out when Gilbert Norrell appears and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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